Family Foot & Ankle Centers https://familyfootcenters.com Award-Winning Waxahachie, TX, Podiatrists Wed, 10 Jul 2019 18:58:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://familyfootcenters.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/favicon.png Family Foot & Ankle Centers https://familyfootcenters.com 32 32 Foot Rashes and What They Mean https://familyfootcenters.com/foot-rashes-and-what-they-mean/ https://familyfootcenters.com/foot-rashes-and-what-they-mean/#respond Wed, 10 Jul 2019 18:58:32 +0000 https://familyfootcenters.com/?p=3462 A rash on the feet refers to a visible inflammation of the skin. While life-threatening skin rashes on the feet are relatively rare, they do occur. A rash on the foot can be brought about by a variety of causes. For instance, it can be an allergic reaction to the material used to make a […]

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A rash on the feet refers to a visible inflammation of the skin. While life-threatening skin rashes on the feet are relatively rare, they do occur. A rash on the foot can be brought about by a variety of causes. foot rash

For instance, it can be an allergic reaction to the material used to make a shoe or to a specific plant such as poison ivy. Another major cause of foot rash is a fungal infection. It is important to learn the different types of foot rashes and the preventative measures to avoid them.

Want to know the different types of foot rashes and what they mean?

Keep reading!

Athlete’s Foot

This rash is caused by a fungal infection and is highly contagious. Athlete’s foot causes a ring-shaped rash called tinea pedis. It normally appears on the sole or top of the feet. It also appears between the toes. There are two types of Tinea infection: chronic tinea pedis and acute tinea pedis.

Chronic tinea pedis causes a scaly rash which is easily mistaken for dry skin. This is usually noted on the bottom of the feet. Acute tinea pedis results in a painful red and blistering rash. Athlete’s foot is treatable with prescription strength creams or antifungal medications.

Athlete’s foot is most commonly acquired in locker rooms, swimming pools, public showers and fitness centers. It is important to wear sandals in these areas.

Contact dermatitis

This is one of the more common types of foot rashes. It is brought about by direct contact with a substance you are allergic to and causes a red and itchy rash. Examples of substances that may result in this itchy rash include:

  • Cosmetics
  • Jewelry
  • Soaps
  • Plants
  • Fragrances

In addition to the red rash, other symptoms of contact dermatitis include severe itching, blisters, bumps, and burning. There are two types of contact dermatitis: irritant and allergic contact.

Irritant contact dermatitis is a nonallergic skin reaction that occurs when a substance damages the outer layer of the skin. Such substances include rubbing alcohol, solvents, shampoos, and detergents.

Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when a substance you are sensitive to triggers a reaction in your skin. It’s triggered by a substance that enters into your body. These allegens include various foods, medicines, or flavorings.

To avoid contact dermatitis, stay away from substances you are allergic to. We recommend washing your hands when it comes into contact with a harsh substance. Don’t forget to wear protective clothing.

Atopic Dermatitis

Common among children, atopic dermatitis makes the skin red and itchy. Also referred to as eczema, this condition affects people of other ages. It can start before age 5 and may persist into adulthood.

There are several symptoms of atopic dermatitis. You may have:

  • Severe itching especially at night
  • Dry skin
  • Small raised bumps
  • Sensitive and swollen skin
  • Red to brownish gray patches
  • Thickened and scaly skin

One of the main causes of atopic dermatitis is a gene variation. The gene variation affects the skin’s capability to protect itself. As such, the skin gets affected by irritants, environmental factors, or allergens.

Getting the Best Care for Foot Rashes

There are preventative methods for the foot rashes listed above. For instance, wash your feet with gentle soap, dry yourself thoroughly, especially between the toes, and avoid substances you are allergic to.

For more information on podiatry care or to schedule an appointment with one of our foot specialists, contact Family Foot & Ankle Centers today!

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What is a Foot Bunion? https://familyfootcenters.com/what-is-a-foot-bunion/ https://familyfootcenters.com/what-is-a-foot-bunion/#respond Sat, 29 Jun 2019 15:16:58 +0000 https://familyfootcenters.com/?p=3230 The post What is a Foot Bunion? appeared first on Family Foot & Ankle Centers.

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Our feet bear the brunt of our weight, which makes sense why an overwhelming 77% of Americans suffer from foot pain. If it’s serious bunionenough, it can have a significant impact on your daily life, even if you’re not very active. One of the things that might be causing you pain is a foot bunion. But what is it, what causes it, and how can you treat it? We’ll discuss all these points in this article.

A foot bunion is when your big toe grows a bony bump on the side, right at the second joint. if you look down at your feet and see a bump outside the bottom of your toe, chances are, you have a bunion.

There is also something called a bunionette. These are smaller versions that grow on the sides of your pinky toes.

If either your bunion or bunionette is advanced, your toe can end up turned in or even overlapped over the neighboring toe.

What Are the Symptoms?

When you have a mild bunion, you usually feel little pain associated with it. However, there may be swelling, soreness, redness, or all of these symptoms occurring around your big toe.

You might’ve also developed corns or calluses on your big toe and the second toe. This is because they’re close together and rub against each other when you’re walking.

If things get serious enough, you might not be able to move your big toe. If you have arthritis, this can make the bunion feel worse.

What Causes Bunions?

You can develop bunions as a result of genetics. For example, you might be born with it, or you have a health condition that affects your joints, like rheumatoid arthritis.

You can also get bunions from wearing ill-fitting shoes. If your toes are cramped, then your big toe turns inward to compensate for the lack of space. 

How to Treat Bunions

If you’ve noticed foot pain in your big toe, you might want to change your footwear, especially if you have shoes that squeeze your toes together. This means swapping your high heels for more ergonomic footwear.

To ease your pain, you can try icing your foot to also bring down the swelling. There are special pads made for bunions, but you should consult a podiatrist first, since incorrect usage can worsen the condition.

Speaking with a podiatrist is a good idea because they can assess your situation and see if you need further treatment, such as surgery. They can also address any complications like bursitis.

Get Help Today

Although a mild foot bunion may only cause mild pain or none at all, it’s possible for it to progress so far that you get bursitis. It can also lead to some more severe symptoms that may require surgery, especially if you have difficulty walking. So make sure to see a podiatrist for your bunions to ensure you get the proper treatment to correct them.

If you have a bunion and would like a podiatrist to take a look at, schedule an appointment today.

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7 Problems that May Arise from Having Flat Feet https://familyfootcenters.com/7-problems-that-may-arise-from-having-flat-feet/ https://familyfootcenters.com/7-problems-that-may-arise-from-having-flat-feet/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 15:07:01 +0000 https://familyfootcenters.com/?p=3226 The post 7 Problems that May Arise from Having Flat Feet appeared first on Family Foot & Ankle Centers.

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Do your arches flatten with each step? You’re not alone. Between 20 and 30% of people are at least partially flat-footed.flat feetFlat feet is when your arches flatten, called pronation, so they’re completely or almost completely touching the ground. Some people naturally have flat feet. Others become flat-footed later in life because of an injury, age, or other cause.

Many people live with low arches and have no symptoms or issues. If that’s your experience, you don’t need any treatment. 

But some people have pain or other issues associated with excessive pronation. Treatment can help you avoid problems (or having to correct them once they start). 

Here are seven common issues you might experience if you have flat feet.

1. Walking Difficulties

Flat feet can affect how you walk. It often causes over pronation. That means your outer heel strikes the ground first, followed by an inward rolling of your feet. The walking difficulties can cause fatigue throughout your legs and ankles. You may also increase your risk of overuse injuries.

2. Lower Body Pain 

Your feet aren’t the only places you might feel pain. Low arches can throw off the alignment throughout your body. That misalignment can cause pain in your lower back, hips, knees, and/or ankles.

3. Arthritis

Some people will develop arthritis in the feet or ankles. Your foot deformity can affect ligament stability in your feet. That puts more strain on the joints in those areas which can increase your chances of arthritis.

4. Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis happens when the plantar fascia — the thick tissue band that goes along the bottom of your feet — gets inflamed. It causes pain, usually in the heel.

When you have flat feet, it can affect your weight distribution. That can put more stress than normal on your plantar fascia, which can lead to plantar fasciitis.

5. Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis affects the tissues at the back of your leg that connect your calf muscles to your heel bone. This condition is an overuse injury, so it usually happens when you increase the intensity of runs or play sports occasionally.

Even though it’s an overuse injury, Achilles tendonitis may be more likely if you have physical problems such as flat feet. Because you have a flatter arch, your Achilles tendon experiences more strain naturally.  

6. Bunions

Bunions are a common foot problem that can be made worse by flat feet. This deformity appears at the base of your big toe. They are a bony bump where the base of the toe pushes outward. Bunions are often painful, especially when you walk. 

7. Hammertoes

Hammertoes are caused by an imbalance between the muscles and ligaments in the toe joints. That causes the joint to buckle with your toe staying in that position. Rigid hammertoe means you can’t move the toe out of the position, while flexible hammertoe allows you to still move the joint.

Flat feet can contribute to the development of hammertoes. It causes instability, which can lead to hammertoe. Your genes can play a role in both flat feet and hammertoes.

Treat Your Flat Feet!

Have you noticed the side effects of having flat feet? Schedule an appointment with us today to get our award-winning care. We can help you get back to living pain-free!

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A Gout Guide: What It Is, What Causes It and How to Treat It https://familyfootcenters.com/gout-guide-causes-how-to-treat-it/ https://familyfootcenters.com/gout-guide-causes-how-to-treat-it/#respond Mon, 10 Jun 2019 14:39:58 +0000 https://familyfootcenters.com/?p=3213 The post A Gout Guide: What It Is, What Causes It and How to Treat It appeared first on Family Foot & Ankle Centers.

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Gout seems like an ancient problem but it most definitely is not. It is a painful, modern disease and can lead to serious damage if left goutuntreated. Below we will give you a gout guide to causes, symptoms and treatment.

Symptoms

  • Swollen, painful joints that makes it hard to walk and becomes hot.  
  • Severe inflammation of the joints that can look and angry.
  • Redness, swelling and temperature in the big toe is the most common finding.

Gout Triggers 

There are different triggers that cause this condition to flare up and most are caused by diet and bodily functions. Of course, sometimes an attack can’t be avoided due to medical or family history. Below are a few ways different gout triggers can be avoided. 

Avoidable Triggers

  • Obesity– The overproduction and accumulation of uric acid can lead to the uric acid settling in the feet.
  • Eating purine-rich food– seafood and certain meats are high in uric acid and build up can cause gout.
  • Alcohol– consumption of alcohol causes uric acid levels to rise in blood.

Unavoidable Triggers

  • Family History– Gout is associated with genetics.
  • Age– men between the ages of 30-50 and women that have gone through menopause have a slightly higher chance of getting gout.
  • Medications– certain medicines that treat high blood pressure, chemotherapy, and blood thinners can cause an accumulation of uric acid.

Gout Treatment 

There are a few different ways that this painful condition can be treated. This includes medically and through taking the precautions to avoid the things that cause it in the first place. 

Available Treatment Options

  • Medication and treatment– there are certain types of medications and treatments that can help eliminate gout if the problem isn’t stemming from avoidable triggers.
  • Personal changes– Maintaining the ideal weight and reducing purine-rich food can help cut the chances of suffering an attack. Drink plenty of water.  Without water the uric acid levels in the body rise even higher and can lead to more frequent attacks
  • Rest– During an attack, rest the foot so that it doesn’t get further inflamed 

Gout can be painful and harmful to your joints. If you suffer from painful attacks, call our medical professionals to help you get back on your feet. 

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Is the Pain in Your Legs From PAD? https://familyfootcenters.com/pain-in-legs-from-circulation/ https://familyfootcenters.com/pain-in-legs-from-circulation/#respond Mon, 10 Jun 2019 01:45:36 +0000 https://familyfootcenters.com/?p=3257 Arteries carry nutrients and blood from the heart to the entire body. This includes the legs and feet. People with poor circulation in the legs, known as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), have blockage in the artery that deceases this blood flow. How Common is PAD and Who Does it Affect Most? Estimates of Americans with […]

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Arteries carry nutrients and blood from the heart to the entire body. This includes the legs and feet. People with peripheral vascular diseasepoor circulation in the legs, known as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), have blockage in the artery that deceases this blood flow.

How Common is PAD and Who Does it Affect Most?

Estimates of Americans with PAD are as high as 12 million people. It is also more common in people with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and people who smoke.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of PAD?

The classic symptom of PAD is claudication which is discomfort in the leg that occurs on walking and is relieved by rest. Cold feet are also a common symptom of decreased blood flow to the feet.

Should You Be Screened?

The American Heart Association suggests the following people at risk for PAD who should be considered for screening: This can be done in just a few minutes at our podiatry office.

  1. Smokers age 50 or older with diabetes, hypertension or high cholesterol.
  2. People over the age of 70.
  3. People with symptoms of PAD Symptoms of leg pain suggestive of PAD.
  4. Absent foot pulses on podiatry exam.

 What is the Treatment?

The primary goal of managing Peripheral Artery Disease is the relief of symptoms and prevention of complications. Treatment begins with lifestyle changes and education. Risk factors are addressed such as cholesterol and high blood pressure lowering medicines.

Patients with severe disease, particularly those with severe symptoms, sores that do not heal, or gangrene, usually involves surgery angioplasty. This procedure breaks up the blockage in the artery and restores blood flow.

If you feel that you may have symptoms of PAD, contact the office today. There is a simple, painless test we do in the office that takes just a few minutes. We will keep you on your feet. We are improving lives, one foot at a time!

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An In Depth Guide To Athletes Foot and How To Treat It https://familyfootcenters.com/athletes-foot-treatment/ https://familyfootcenters.com/athletes-foot-treatment/#respond Thu, 30 May 2019 01:53:48 +0000 https://familyfootcenters.com/?p=2438 The post An In Depth Guide To Athletes Foot and How To Treat It appeared first on Family Foot & Ankle Centers.

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Around 15% of people are dealing with athlete’s foot at any given time and 70% of people will have it at least once in their life but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing or uncomfortable.

Luckily, athlete’s foot is manageable and can be prevented with proper care. Let’s take a look at the causes and treatments of this skin condition.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is an extremely common fungal infection that usually affects the skin on the feet, particularly in between the toes. There are a few different types of athlete’s foot with varying symptoms, but most people experience itching, redness, and flaking or scaling of the skin.

Despite its name, athlete’s foot can affect more than the feet and toenails. It can also spread to your fingernails and hands.

Will Athletes Foot Go Away on Its Own?

Absolutely not. If left untreated, athlete’s foot can cause the skin on your foot to crack. It can also cause bacterial infections in open wounds, creating other medical issues in the future.

The fungus thrives off the keratin in your nails. When your toenails are lacking keratin, they can become thick, yellowed, and crumbly.

Another problem with leaving athlete’s foot untreated is that when you scratch the affected itchy area, you open up the wounds, allowing the fungus to spread further.

Most importantly, you should treat your athlete’s foot to avoid spreading it to other people.

How Can You Treat Athlete’s Foot?

First things first, go to a doctor for an official diagnosis. Usually, whether or not you actually have athlete’s foot can be determined easily with a visual examination. Your doctor may examine a piece of the affected skin under a microscope to rule out any other infections.

Then, your doctor will recommend a topical anti-fungal treatment. In some cases, they may prescribe anti-fungal oral medications. Whether you’re applying an anti-fungal cream or taking anti-fungal pills, it’s important to be very consistent.

Your doctor will likely recommend that you wash your feet once or twice daily. It’s extremely important to dry them thoroughly afterward because athlete’s foot fungus thrives in moist environments.

Be patient. Athlete’s foot damages the top layer of skin, which can take over a month to fully heal again.

How Can You Prevent Athlete’s Foot?

Athlete’s foot is not necessarily a result of poor hygiene like some people think. However, you can take several precautions to avoid dealing with it in the future.

Keep the floor of your bathroom extremely clean. Bathrooms are a breeding ground for fungus because they provide a moist, warm environment for fungus to grow. Let your bathroom air out after a steamy shower.

Don’t share towels, shoes, socks, or anything else that will come into contact with your feet. Never walk around barefoot when you’re in public bathrooms, locker rooms, or pool areas.

Wash your feet daily and do your best to keep them dry. This may include changing your socks halfway through the day if they get wet or sweaty. At home, walk around barefoot to air out your feet.

Take Athlete’s Foot Seriously

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of athlete’s foot, the worst thing you can do is wait. Seek help from one of the podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers and in the meantime, do your best to keep your feet clean and dry. We are improving lives one foot at a time. Call our office to schedule an appointment today at 972.597.4132. Get in touch with us to schedule your appointment today.

In addition to athletes foot we can also help you with ingrown toenails, hammertoe treatment, toenail fungus, heel pain. ankle and foot surgery, and all other podiatry issues.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Waxahachie, Ennis, or Corsicana, TX today. We have helped over 50,000 happy patients in Texas since 1999 and we are intent on improving lives one foot at a time.

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Don’t Lose A Toe: How Diabetes Can Affect Your Feet https://familyfootcenters.com/how-diabetes-can-affect-your-feet/ https://familyfootcenters.com/how-diabetes-can-affect-your-feet/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 03:10:12 +0000 https://familyfootcenters.com/?p=2462 The post Don’t Lose A Toe: How Diabetes Can Affect Your Feet appeared first on Family Foot & Ankle Centers.

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diabetes feetAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 millions American adults have diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition wherein blood sugar or blood glucose level is too high. The sugar comes from the food you eat. Having elevated levels of glucose in your blood for a long time can lead to several complications, including foot problems.

In this post, we’ll show you how diabetes can affect your feet. Read on to learn more!

Effect of Diabetes on Your Feet

Feet tend to be very sensitive to the impact of diabetes. The feet can experience loss of feeling, severe infection, and inadequate blood supply. Here are two ways the condition affects the feet:

Diabetic Neuropathy

Uncontrolled diabetes can damage nerves in the legs and feet. When the nerves are damaged, you might not feel pain, cold, or heat. This condition is known as diabetic neuropathy.

Treatment can help lessen the effects of the condition, but it can’t be cured. When you get injuries, bruises or cuts on your feet, it’s really hard for them to heal, and they usually get infected.

Also, the muscles in the feet and legs won’t function well. This is because the nerves that make them work are damaged. As a result, many patients will suffer from poor feel alignment.

For patients with diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, the feet will develop foot ulcers.

Peripheral Vascular Disease

In this condition, the circulation of blood to the feet, arms, and other body parts is limited. Inadequate blood supply to the feet makes sores or cuts hard to heal.

Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) affects the blood vessels that supply blood to the feet and arms by making them thinner. It narrows the vessels outside the heart and brain. In severe cases, PVD can stop blood supply completely.

Patients with diabetes are already at risk of PVD. Factors, such as smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, and bad cholesterol, increase the risk even more.

Diabetes Foot Care

If you have diabetes, foot care is essential to prevent blisters and sores.

It’s advisable to inspect your feet daily for cuts, blisters, bruises, swelling, and redness. Bear in mind that even a small cut could potentially worsen and get infected.

Wash your feet daily using lukewarm water. Never use hot water as it could easily lead to burns that can develop into blisters. Be sure to moisturize your feet to prevent dryness and cracks. Don’t moisturize between the toes as that could lead to a fungal infection.

Always keep your feet warm and dry, especially when you live in cold areas or during snowy seasons. Wear clean, dry socks and be sure to change them daily.

Never walk barefoot, and strive to manage your diabetes.

Final Thoughts

Uncontrolled diabetes can affect your legs. Apart from the conditions mentioned above, patients are also at risk of developing common foot problems like calluses, corns, athlete’s foot, bunions, and fungal infections, among others.

At Family Foot & Ankle Centers, we have experts in diabetic care ready to help you. Call our office to schedule an appointment today at 972.597.4132. Get in touch with us to schedule your appointment today.

In addition to diabetes foot problems, we can also help you with ingrown toenails, hammertoe treatment, toenail fungus, heel pain. ankle and foot surgery, and all other podiatry issues.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Waxahachie, Ennis, or Corsicana, TX today. We have helped over 50,000 happy patients in Texas since 1999 and it is our goal to improve lives one foot at a time.

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7 Signs It’s Time To See A Podiatrist For Your Ankle Pain https://familyfootcenters.com/7-signs-to-see-a-podiatrist-for-your-ankle-pain/ https://familyfootcenters.com/7-signs-to-see-a-podiatrist-for-your-ankle-pain/#respond Fri, 10 May 2019 03:16:58 +0000 https://familyfootcenters.com/?p=2457 The post 7 Signs It’s Time To See A Podiatrist For Your Ankle Pain appeared first on Family Foot & Ankle Centers.

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Every year more than one million people visit the emergency room due to ankle injuries. Others are walking around with various degrees of ankle pain that goes unreported. The big question is when should you visit the podiatrist after injuring your ankle? 

We created a list of the seven most common foot and ankle issues seen at Family Foot & Ankle Centers that require a visit to the foot doctor.

1. Sudden Ankle Trauma

If you have ankle pain from a recent sports injury you should always head to the foot doctor. It could just be a minor injury but it could also be the initial sign of serious damage to tendons, ligaments or even the bone.  These conditions are easily evaluated and treated at Family Foot & Ankle Centers. We have in-office X-rays and digital diagnostic ultrasound which are as convenient as it gets. 

2. Diabetes and Ankle Pain

Patients with diabetes need to be especially vigilant when it comes to their feet and ankles. One of the most common effects of diabetes is causing a lack of sensitivity and the propensity for diabetics to suffer from poor circulation.

Diabetes patients should always check the feet and legs and any sign of foot or ankle injury should be checked out by our foot doctors. With diabetes, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

3. Visible Changes

This one seems obvious but you would be surprised. If you have a visible lump, discoloration, or other obvious injury signs get it checked out by our podiatrists. Conditions like cysts,  broken bones or serious ligament sprains will show visible symptoms and should not be ignored.  The earlier symptoms are addressed the faster you will be on the road to recovery.

4. Ankle Pain Paired with Fever

If you notice ankle pain that presents with a fever of over 101 Fahrenheit get to the foot doctor immediately. Fever can indicate an infection which can occur after an ankle injury at the site of injury.  Antibiotics may be necessary to help cure the infection and the sooner it is treated, the faster you will be back to normal.

5. Persistent Swelling or Redness

Minor swelling is common with injuries but long term swelling indicates a more serious issue. If you roll or twist your ankle then swelling is more than likely going to happen. It is part of the healing process. If you hurt your ankle and are still seeing swelling, redness or pain a week later you need to visit our foot specialists.

6. Serious Sensitivity

If you hurt your ankle to the point where you can’t put any weight on it you need to see a foot doctor. This is likely a serious enough injury that you’ll require an in-office x-ray. If pain is the severe, immobilization will be required.  This can be accomplished with crutches or an orthopedic walking boot.

7. Pain in Both Ankles at Once

Everyone twists their ankle once in a while. If you have pain in both ankles that isn’t related to a known injury it may indicate a more serious issue. Causes of pain in both ankles may be related to conditions such as arthritis. infection or abnormal foot structure. For your peace of mind, it’s always better to have our foot doctors look at it.

Don’t Play Around With Ankle Pain

It’s always better to visit a foot doctor and discover that your ankle pain is easily fixed rather than not going and taking a risk that it will get better. If you’ve suffered an injury or have a persistent foot or ankle problem call our office to schedule an appointment today at 972.597.4132 or Get in touch with us to schedule your appointment today.

In addition to ankle problems, we can also help you with ingrown toenails, hammertoe treatment, toenail fungus, heel pain. ankle and foot surgery, and all other podiatry issues.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Waxahachie, Ennis, or Corsicana, TX today. We have helped over 50,000 happy patients in Texas since 1999 and it is our goal to improve lives one foot at a time.

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The Foot Doctor Guide To Buying The Proper Footwear For Bad Ankles https://familyfootcenters.com/foot-doctor-guide-to-buying-the-proper-footwear-for-bad-ankles/ https://familyfootcenters.com/foot-doctor-guide-to-buying-the-proper-footwear-for-bad-ankles/#respond Wed, 01 May 2019 03:13:55 +0000 https://familyfootcenters.com/?p=2436 The post The Foot Doctor Guide To Buying The Proper Footwear For Bad Ankles appeared first on Family Foot & Ankle Centers.

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If your body was a building, your feet and ankles would be the foundation. If the foundation isn’t well supported, it affects the entire shoesbuilding. That’s why it’s so important to wear proper shoes to protect and remove pressure from your ankles.

Shoes for Common Ankle Problems

There’s no one-size-fits-all shoe for people with bad ankles. The type of footwear that would best help your ankle pain depends on the cause of the pain you’re experiencing. Let’s take a look at some ankle problems and some shoes that help control them.

1. Unstable Ankles

People with chronic ankle instability often have the outside of their ankle give way, usually during physical activity. This causes pain and swelling, and it makes your ankle feel wobbly a lot of the time.

Most people develop this ankle problem following a poorly rehabilitated ankle sprain. Your ankle becomes unstable if the muscles around it aren’t strengthened again following the sprain.

If your ankle is unstable, you should look for shoes with a firm outside. These will help keep your ankle from turning or giving out because they offer structural support. For extra ankle support, your the podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Centers may recommend that you wear an ankle brace, too. A couple of shoes that are good for unstable ankles are Nike Air Zoom Structure 21, Asics Gel Kayano 24. A favorite boot of our foot doctors for unstable ankles is the Danner Kinetic GTX.

2. Flat Feet

Flat feet are extremely common as approximately 20% of babies never develop arches in their feet. People who have had flat feet since birth typically don’t experience much pain.

On the other hand, adults who acquire flat feet often experience pain and discomfort. That’s because the arch collapses as a result of muscle weakness, causing the ankle to lower inward.

If you experience pain from feet, you should probably avoid shoes that have an inward curve at the middle, that look like an hourglass when you look down at them. Instead, you should go for shoes with a straighter silhouette.

That’s because if your feet are flat, they usually spread wider when you put weight down on them. If the sole curves inward, part of your weight will be supported by the fabric of the shoe, instead of being fully supported by a sole. Straighter shoes allow your entire foot to be supported by the sole when you take steps. Examples of shoes recommended by the foot doctors at Family Foot & Ankle Centers are New Balance, Saucony and Asics.

3. Arthritis

Ankle arthritis is when the joint between the shin and the ankle gets worn down. It can cause, pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the joint.

To adapt to this condition, you can change your footwear to alleviate the strain on the ankle. This can include shoes with a lot of cushioning in the sole, or you can use cushioned inserts in your normal shoes.

Another option is to wear shoes with rocker soles. Rocker soles replicate the movement of the joint, limiting the actual movement in your ankle and easing the pain. The foot doctors at Family Foot & Ankle Centers recommend the shoe brand Hoka most for this problem.

When To Call The Podiatrist

If the shoe fits… wear it to protect your ankles.

It’s important to remember that while specialized footwear can help keep your ankle pain at bay, it cannot solve the underlying problem. If you’re experiencing pain in your feet and ankles, it’s important to see a podiatrist at Family Foot & Ankle Centers. You can call us to schedule an appointment at 972.597.4132.

For more articles on foot and ankle health, visit our website.

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Do you cringe every time you look down at your feet? Are you an expert at hiding them away from sight, even if it means wearing socks all summer?Waxahachie podiatrist

Crooked toes and ugly toenails might have you reaching for your best pair of shoes as camouflage but the good news is that many of the most common foot flaws are treatable.

In fact, these ailments are often your body’s way of telling you that something in your lifestyle needs adjusting. When your feet hurt and develop problems or become unattractive, there’s often an underlying problem to address.

Let’s take a look a five of the most common conditions a podiatrist sees and what you can do to treat them.

Ready to learn more? Let’s get started!

1. The Bunion Bump

If your feet are crooked or lopsided, bunions are likely to blame. People that develop bunions will notice a bony bump on the inside of the foot at the big toe joint. But what causes this bony bump?

In some cases, genetics are to blame. This means that your foot, because of the way it developed, is predisposed to developing bunions more easily than others. Flat feet, low arches and loose joints all make you more susceptible to getting bunions and genetics greatly influence these conditions.

It is also possible that the bunion may be worsened by your footwear. Have you been squeezing your feet into pointy shoes lately? Shoes that are tight in the toes can help trigger a bunion, too. For that reason alone, bunions are more common in women than men.

Try changing into looser, more comfortable shoes that do not cramp the toes together. Also, avoid high heels for extended periods of time as they allow for too much pressure on the foot. If that doesn’t work, you can have the bunions surgically corrected by a podiatrist. This procedure has greatly improved over the past decade and is done on a outpatient basis.

2. Yellow, Ugly Toenails

Do your toenails still look ugly even with multiple layers of polish? They may be loose, discolored and thickening. They may even be peeling off, changing shape and lowering your self-confidence by the second.

In this case, the culprit is likely a fungal infection. You’ve heard of athlete’s foot, but did you know that same fungus can also wreak havoc on your nails?

Resist the urge to slather on that polish, as it could make the problem worse. Instead, consult a podiatrist who can work with you to develop a treatment plan. Prescription topical medication is just one of a myriad of treatments that send that fungus packing.

3. Warts

You haven’t kissed any frogs lately, but you’re still noticing tiny bumps on your feet or between your toes.

What gives?

What you’re seeing are plantar warts, which often show up on the bottom of your feet. The result? It feels like you’re walking on a marble.

You’ll most commonly pick these up in moist places when your feet come into contact with the wart virus. So, wear flip-flops in places like the gym shower and the public pool. Also, make sure to completely cover up any exposed foot wound.

While there are some over-the-counter salicylic acid treatments you can use, you may need to see a podiatrist for a prescription medicine or to freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen.

4. Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails aren’t just unattractive. They’re downright painful!

If the threat of bunions wasn’t enough to deter you from wearing pointed-toe shoes, let this be the linchpin. Shoes and socks that are too tight can force a piece of your toenail to grow into your skin, leading to this painful condition. Other causes include improper cutting of the toenail and inheriting them from a family member.

Ways to prevent these painful toes? Ask your pedicurist to avoid using tools that can damage the skin around your nail. Also, make sure your toes don’t jam against the top of your shoes when you’re exercising or walking.

Lastly, trim your toenails straight across rather than all the way around and avoid clipping them too short!

5. Athlete’s Foot

Your feet are red, damp and scaly. Or, they could be excessively dry and cracked. They burn and itch to no end, especially at night when you are trying to go to sleep.

This foot fungus is known as athlete’s foot and while it can be atrocious to look at, it’s thankfully relatively simple to treat.

If an anti fungal cream from the drugstore doesn’t do the trick, talk to your podiatrist about more advanced treatments. You might need a prescription-strength product, in that case.

The worst part about athlete’s foot? It’s contagious. Protect and cover your feet and avoid sharing showers while you’re afflicted. Once you’re treated, use an anti fungal spray to stave off future infections.

Kiss Your Foot Flaws Goodbye

Are you ready to take control of your health and finally address those nagging foot flaws? You don’t have to suffer in silence or leave those snow boots out all year long.

We’re an award-winning podiatry team ready to take a look at what ails you. From medical procedures and custom orthotics to advanced technology care, we do it all.

Contact us today and we’ll help you put your best foot forward.

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